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Peniophora rufa Peniophora rufa on a small Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) branch. These are dry individuals. Geotagged,Minnesota,Peniophora rufa,Populus tremuloides,Quaking Aspen,Red Brain Fungus,Spring,United States,red fungus Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Peniophora rufa

Peniophora rufa on a small Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) branch. These are dry individuals.

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  1. Incredible species intro, Gary! Posted 11 days ago
    1. Alas, I cannot claim authorship. Michale Kuo (mushroomexpert.com) is responsible. Posted 11 days ago
      1. Well, you can claim the species intro here, meaning the first to introduce the species at JD :) Posted 11 days ago
        1. Oh, oh, I thought you meant the species write-up which is lifted from Kuo's website. Posted 11 days ago
          1. No worries. Species intro is JD vocabulary. It's basically the blue icon you see when it's the first observation of a species on the site. For many people it's an "addictive" driver to post and even find new ones in the field. It's like pokemon for nature :)

            A second one is a country intro (green icon), the first observation of a species within a specific country.

            And in the future I plan to add a 3rd one: lifer. Meaning, first personal observation of the species.

            It's basically my job to keep you folks addicted. In fun, sustainable ways of course ;)
            Posted 11 days ago

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Peniophora rufa is a distinctive crust fungus that forms small, bright red, cushion-shaped structures on the dead but still bark-covered branches and trunks of aspens, including quaking aspen and big-toothed aspen. Although a microscope is probably not needed in order to identify Peniophora rufa successfully, the fungus has fascinating microscopic features, including prominent gloeocystidia.

Similar species: Russulales
Species identified by Gary B
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By Gary B

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Uploaded Mar 14, 2019. Captured Apr 23, 2016 11:49 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
  • f/5.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm